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Should I worry about a sitting foetus?

16 September 2020

Professor Temmerman, Chair at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Director of the East Africa Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health, and Dr Kinuthia, consultant obstetrician gynaecologist at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi, write that sometimes during the last stages of pregnancy, some mothers may find that a baby is yet to turn head-down causing panic and confusion. Commonly referred to as breech birth presentation, this occurs in about 3 to 4% of pregnancies at the time of delivery. Breech presentation is primarily a chance occurrence but in up to 15% of cases, it may be due to foetal, maternal or placental abnormalities.